Trainee nursing associates share aspirations for the role in new film

Hear from trainee nursing associates and the nurses they've been working with

We’ve launched a new film featuring trainee nursing associates and registered nurses sharing their hopes for the future and how they see the nursing associate role contributing to better patient care.

The new role has been created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses. Nursing associates will be working in care homes, hospitals, and a range of different health and social care settings across England from January 2019.

Nursing associates will be regulated by the NMC and the first trainees will qualify and join our register in 2019.

More than 35 test sites have been set up by Health Education England to begin training nursing associates, and we have travelled across the country to hear from them and their colleagues about how they are getting on and what impact they think the new role will have in the future.

Amy Fletcher, a trainee nursing associate at Solihull Community Services, part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “While I enjoyed my role as a healthcare assistant [support worker] in the community, I felt that I wanted to do more. I wanted more experience and I wanted more knowledge to help the patients I was seeing.”

“Nurses in the community have been extremely welcoming as they understand where the role is going to fit into the wider team. They know we’re there to help them and ultimately help the patient.”

Nursing associate is a stand-alone role in its own right and will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing.

Geraldine Walters, Director of Education, Policy and Standards, said: “The enthusiasm and hard work of trainee nursing associates and registered nurses in the pilot programmes is inspirational, and we’re excited to welcome the first nursing associates on to the register in January.

“We’re delighted with the way we have been able to work with so many professionals and organisations to make sure the standards we set will enable the nursing associates to deliver first class care to patients and develop the existing workforce.

“As we move towards opening the register in January 2019, we’ll continue to work with our partners to ensure that the role is properly understood.”

We’d like to thank everyone at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Solihull Community Services, Bart’s Health NHS Trust and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who shared their passion and experiences with us for our nursing associate film.

Watch the new video.


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